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Heartbreak For British Military Rugby Stars In Brisbane

The British Armed Forces rugby league team have suffered heartache in Brisbane, losing by just two points to the Australian military in one...

The British Armed Forces rugby league team have suffered heartache in Brisbane, losing by just two points to the Australian military in one of the biggest games in their history.
 
The GB team came agonisingly close to glory, going into the final moments of a pulsating match 24-22 leaders over their hosts.
 
But they were denied thanks to a last-gasp Aussie try, in front of tens of thousands of people in the Suncorp stadium.
 
The British servicemen had raced to a 16-0 lead inside the first few minutes of the match, thanks to two tries from Spr Vuli Veikune and one from skipper Cpl James Hutchinson.
 
But the home side, in typical Australian style, hit back with three tries of their own by half time.
 
They then took the lead early in the second half, only for Capt Tom Howley to score a converted try and give them the lead again.
 
It was a score which brought them within touching distance of winning the game and creating a bit of forces sporting history. But it wasn't to be.
 
The match was a curtain-raiser to the third State of Origin encounter between Queensland and New South Wales.